In her novel The Conference (“La convención”), Mundani introduces us to the world of a big bank. The power struggles that take place inside are described from the perspective of Emma Dorá, a young woman who really only wants to earn some money for her philosophy studies. Her lateral thinking, however, meets with great approval. Ariel Junquera, one of the Human Resources managers, coaches her personally, while Emma falls in love with her colleague Julián Mazzeo. At the same time, the reader learns that Ariel is preparing for a marathon to the limits of his capacities – a claim he transfers to Emma’s dedication to her job at the bank.
The situation escalates at the annual conference of department heads at the popular seaside resort of Mar del Plata. The general debauchery, with a striptease show in front of the group and the unwanted watching of a sex scene between Ariel and an employee, repels Emma. She leaves the venue and her fate within the bank is sealed. Under the pretext of the general economic crisis, she, like some of those responsible for the scandal, is sacked. Only Ariel seems for the time being to emerge as a winner from the internal power games. He was too cowardly to look Emma in the eye again after the embarrassing incident, but the reader hopes for her that she will meet her colleague Julián outside the bank again.
With clear language and a keen sense of observation, Mundani, from the point of view of a career changer, tackles the performance mania and decadent structures of a large company that reflects a social structure which tries by every means to defend itself against its demise.